Javadekar calls criticism of EIA a “unnecessary protest”
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday that some critics of the proposed Environmental Impact Statement (EIA 2020) opinion were engaging to unnecessary protests.
“How can you protest against a draft opinion? It is still a draft. We received several suggestions after asking for feedback for almost 150 days instead of the 60 day rule. We will examine them and then a final notification will be prepared,”he said on the sidelines of an event organized by the ministry to commemorate World Elephant Day (August 12).
Congress leaders including Jairam Ramesh and Shashi Tharoor condemned various aspects of the notification project and former party chairman Rahul Gandhi said today that the objective of the notification project was “obvious loot for the nation “and that it was” another terrible example of what the BJP government did for the “cross-legged” friends who had stolen the country’s resources. “
UGC opposes state governments invoking the National Disaster Law
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday strongly opposed the governments of Maharashtra and Delhi to the use of the Disaster Management Act. to cancel student exams amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying better resolved for students.
- “Appearing before a court headed by Judge Ashok Bhushan, Attorney General Tushar Mehta said that the conduct of the reviews was entirely within the purview of the UGC, a statutory body.
- The law enforcement official said that states couldn’t go ahead and cancel exams on their own. The UGC had specific guidelines and procedures to conduct them.
- “The sooner this problem is resolved, the better it will be for the,” said Mehta. The court then decided to hear detailed arguments on Friday.
- Mehta previously added a warning for students, saying “no one feels like final exams will be suspended because the case is before the Supreme Court. Students should continue to prepare for their exams.”
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 22,53,673 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 45,151. India registered 62,064 new cases on Sunday.
Ahead of the crucial session of the Rajasthan Assembly on August 14, Congressional rebel leader Sachin Pilot met with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today amid signs of a possible breakthrough.
- In an official statement on the meeting between Pilot and Gandhi, Congress said that Pilot had conveyed his complaints to Gandhi in detail.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled to hear on the merits whether statements made by prominent civil rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan about judicial “corruption” in an interview with Tehelka in 2009 constituted “contempt in themselves.
- A bench headed by Judge Arun Mishra presented the case for its hearing on August 17. Bhushan, his father and senior lawyer Shanti Bhushan, and his lawyer, Rajeev Dhavan, were visible on the screen showing the delivery of the virtual court’s provisional decision.
- On August 4, after a nearly day-long hearing held out of public view, the court said it would hear the case if “we do not accept Bhushan’s explanation / apology.”
Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Monday that what MK DMK Kanimozhi had to face at Chennai airport was not unusual and that he too had faced “mockery” officials who wanted him to speak Hindi.
- Her comments come a day after Kanimozhi tweeted that she had been asked if she was Indian or not when she told Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at Chennai Airport to speak in Tamil or in English, because she [Kanimozhi] didn’t understand. Hindi.
“The unpleasant experience of DMK MP Ms. Kanimozhi at Chennai airport is not unusual. I have experienced similar taunts from government officers and ordinary citizens who insisted that I speak in Hindi during telephone conversations and sometimes face to face,”Chidambaram said in a tweet.
The Postal Department’s new money delivery service, with the postman acting as a human ATM, has proven to be a huge success across the country, with over a lakh of transactions recorded daily across India, according to a senior official.
- The service started shortly before the Covid-19-related lockdown was imposed in late March.
- But at the time, the number of transactions was low. Their demand skyrocketed in the following weeks, when people found themselves stranded in their homes but needed money to buy basic necessities.
- This free service allows people to withdraw, through the postman, up to Rs 10,000 at a time from any of their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts.
- The postman carries a portable biometric device that matches the fingerprints.
- All a person has to do is use the Post Info app or just call the local post office or locate the postman.
- Each factor usually carries Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 in cash, and in case you run out of cash, you can deliver it the next day.
- Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu are among the states where the service has proven to be the most popular, with more seniors and people living in rural areas taking advantage of it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated a 2,312 km fiber optic submarine cable connecting Port Blair to Andaman and Nicobar to Chennai.
- This cable would provide island residents with a faster Internet connection and could boost e-commerce, tourism and digital education on the islands.
- At the launch, organized by videoconference, Modi said that cable-enabled connectivity will bring new opportunities to residents of the islands.